Corporations Plan To Pull Plug
on Free Internet Web users naive about agenda to turn Internet into regulated cable TV model Paul Joseph Watson | Prison Planet | Thursday, June 12, 2008 OUR
Internet, is the last true unregulated outpost of freedom of speech ... However, moves are afoot to Stifle, Suffocate,
Control and eventually pull the plug on “The World Wide Web” as We know it. These threats are NOT
hidden, nor are they hard to deduce, STILL, a Good number of Internet users remain naive as to their scope.
Despite many questioning the authenticity of a report that claimed ISP's had resolved to restrict the Internet to a TV-like
subscription model where users will be forced to pay to visit selected corporate
websites by 2012, while others will be blocked, the march towards regulation of the web is clear and documented. We have been
warning about the plan to let the old Internet die and replace it with a restricted and controlled Internet 2 for years. In
2006, a published article about how the RIAA were attempting to broaden intellectual property
distinctions to a point whereby merely linking to external content is judged as copyright infringement. At the time, the article
was met with a mixed response. Many were aware of the imminent dangers that threaten to change the face of the Internet but
others were more hostile to the supposition that the world wide web could be devastated by landmark copyright case rulings
as well as plans to develop "Internet 2. "Some accused us of yellow journalism and scare-mongering yet the warning
that the Elektra vs. Barker case could criminalize the very mechanism that characterizes the
Internet was not concocted by Alex Jones or Paul Joseph Watson, it was a statement made by the very lawyer fighting the case,
Ray Beckerman. It was a danger also reported on by one of the UK's biggest technology news websites, the Inquirer, which also
highlighted the frightening development in an article entitled, RIAA wants the Internet shut down. The RIAA's argument was that defendant Tenise Barker downloaded
music files and made them available for distribution by placing them in a shared folder. Though Barker paid for the files
and downloaded them legally, and the files were not copied by anyone, the RIAA's motion states that simply making the files
available constitutes copyright infringement. As Beckerman points out, the entire Internet is nothing more than a giant network
of hyperlinks making files 'available' to other people. If we link to CNN.com, we are making the file that constitutes the CNN homepage 'available'
to other users. We don't own the copyright to any of CNN's material therefore if the RIAA's argument is accepted, by simply
making that CNN file available from our website, even if no one clicks on the link, we are committing a breach of copyright.
At no point in our article did we suggest that the ruling definitely would shut down the Internet, we highlighted the fact
that hundreds of transnational corporations like Amazon.com who solely rely on Internet trade would scream bloody murder.
But what the ruling would grease the skids for is the move towards a strictly regulated Internet whereby government permission
would be required to run a website and that website would be subject to censoring and deletion if it violated any "terms
of use." This wouldn't be much of a problem to giant transnational corporations, because their websites would remain
accessible for everyone. Yet for thousands of political websites and blogs, the plug could be effectively pulled. After a
long legal fight, Elektra vs. Barker was decided largely in Elektra's favor, after a federal judge essentially validated the RIAA's position
that having songs available in a KaZaA shared folder violates the distribution right under the Copyright Act. The example
that we cite in discussing what life would be like under "Internet 2" was that running a blog would be like having
a YouTube account - any politically sensitive or controversial information that the owners dislike would immediately be removed
as it is frequently on You Tube. In addition, the slide towards a licensed Internet that will be sold using fear of identity
and credit card fraud could lead to mandatory biometric thumb or finger scanning simply to access the world wide web. This
is hardly a stretch of the imagination, since numerous public services and functions of society are increasingly accessible
only through providing some form of biometric identification. Credit passes for travel, ATM terminals and access to theme
parks like Disneyland are just a few of the many services we use that are shifting towards mandatory biometric gatekeeping.
Furthermore, Pay By Touch Online and other companies have already developed and launched keyboard
biometric finger scanning terminals that require users to submit their biometric print before they can access the Internet
or buy online. Piggybacking the net neutrality debate, Internet 2 is being shaped to replace the old Internet, which will
be allowed to self-destruct as it labors under the pressures of being relegated to slower and slower pipes and users will
simply desert a painstaking system. More than two years ago in an article entitled, The End of the Internet?, The Nation magazine reported, “The nation's largest telephone
and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet
of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.”
BellSouth and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move
in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency.
According to white papers now being circulated in the cable, telephone and telecommunications industries, those with the deepest
pockets -- corporations, special-interest groups and major advertisers, would get preferred treatment. Content from these
providers would have first priority on our computer and television screens, while information seen as undesirable, such as
peer-to-peer communications, could be relegated to a slow lane or simply shut out." Internet 2 is being billed as the
next generation of the world wide web and it has already set global speed records in terms of data transfer, far outstripping the old Internet. One of the
fathers of the Internet, David Clark, who served as chief protocol architect for the government's Internet development initiative
in the 1980s, has been given $200,000 by the National Science Foundation to covertly work on a "whole new infrastructure
to replace today's global network," according to Wired Magazine. Clark has vowed to create a "brave new world" in designing the
new Internet, characterizing what he wanted for the new network to be "a coherent security architecture." Dovetailing
the onset of Internet 2 are government propaganda campaigns to demonize the existing Internet as a wild backwater for hate
crime, child pornography and a terrorist recruiting ground. Establishment kingpins and their cheerleaders have increased their
level of vitriolic rhetoric against the Internet in recent years, as legislation in both the U.S. and Europe to regulate,
stifle and license the Internet moves forward. The White House's own recently declassified strategy for "winning the war on terror" targets Internet conspiracy theories as a recruiting ground for terrorists
and threatens to "diminish" their influence. In addition, the Pentagon recently announced its effort to infiltrate the Internet and propagandize for the war on terror. In an October 2006 speech, Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff identified the web as a "terror training camp," through which "disaffected
people living in the United States" are developing "radical ideologies and potentially violent skills." Chertoff
pledged to dispatch Homeland Security agents to local police departments in order to aid in the apprehension of domestic terrorists
who use the Internet as a political tool. The European Union, led by former Stalinist and potential future British Prime Minister John Reid, has also vowed to shut down "terrorists" who use the Internet to spread propaganda.
The dangers to the freedom and very existence of the Internet
as we know it, are all too real and the way to counteract these developments is to get involved and get the word out. Simply
burying our heads in the sand and being apathetic and naive about the threat is only going to aid those who wish to see the
last outpost of freedom of speech shut off forever.
"The Neutral Communications Medium Is Essential To Our Society. It
is the basis of a fair competitive market economy. It is the basis of democracy, by which a community should decide what
to do. It is the basis of science, by which humankind should decide what is true. Let Us Protect The Neutrality of
The Net." - Tim Berners-Lee (Inventor
of, The "World Wide Web") * Internet2: (http://www.internet2.edu
or, http://www.internet2.org) Internet2 is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium. Led by the research and education
community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and
unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies.
By bringing research and academia together with technology leaders from industry, government and the international community,
Internet2 promotes collaboration and innovation that has a fundamental impact on the future of the Internet ... Learn more
about Internet2's history, using Their
The Internet2 Network: (http://internet2.edu/network/) "Internet2 provides the U.S. research
and education community with a dynamic, innovative and cost-effective hybrid optical and packet network. The network was designed
to provide next-generation production services as well as a platform for the development of new networking ideas and protocols.
With community control of the fundamental networking infrastructure, the Internet2 Network provides the necessary scalability
for member institutions to efficiently provision resources to address bandwidth-intensive requirements of their campuses such
as, collaborative applications, distributed research experiments, grid-based data analysis and social networking. "
* Internet2 - Wikipedia, The Free
Encyclopedia: "Internet2 or UCAID (University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development) is a non-profitconsortium which
develops and deploys advanced network applications and technologies, for education
and high-speed data transfer purposes. It is led by over 200 universities and partners with many affiliate members and corporate members drawn from companies in
the publishing, networking and other technology industries. "Internet2" is a registered trademark. The Internet2 consortium administrative headquarters are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan."
* Doomsday For The Internet As We Know It? "Several developments that are coming
to the fore indicate a noticeable advance towards a government regulated, taxed and controlled system that spells doomsday
for the Internet as we know it."
Muse: (http://k20.internet2.edu/index.php) "Muse is a social utility that connects you with Internet2-enabled technologies
and educators in your region and around the globe. Learn how next-generation Internet applications are being used everyday
to inspire educational excellence." Net Neutrality Means: NO Discrimination. Net Neutrality Prevents Internet Providers from Speeding up, or
Slowing Down, Web Content Based on It's Source, Ownership or Destination. * Save The Internet: Fighting For Internet Freedom! "The SavetheInternet.com Coalition, is more than a million everyday people who have banded together
with thousands of non-profit organizations, businesses and bloggers to Protect Internet Freedom. The Coalition believes that the Internet is a crucial engine for economic growth and free speech. We're working
together to urge Congress to preserve Network Neutrality, the First Amendment of the Internet, which ensures that the Internet
remains open to new ideas, innovation and progress.From its beginnings, the Internet has leveled the playing field for all.
Everyday people can have their voices heard by thousands, even millions of people. The SavetheInternet.com Coalition -- representing
millions of Americans from all walks of life -- is working together to ensure that Congress passes no telecommunications legislation
without meaningful and enforceable Network Neutrality protections."